Our Story

We think baseball and its fans have a unique opportunity to help to improve the quality of life in baseball communities, closing the gap between those watching the game and those living just outside the stadium walls.

Photos by Alan Lincour of Cooperstown Times

Photos by Alan Lincour of Cooperstown Times

  • The average household income within a mile of U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago is $17,000. Most of these homes bring in less than $10,000 a year. (US Census)
  • In neighborhoods surrounding Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, the number of residents over 25 with a bachelor’s degree is less than half the national average. (US Census)
But consider more than 60% of baseball fans in America live in households with an income above $75,000More than 81% of baseball fans live in households with at least one college graduate.

Baseball fans are eager to learn about the history of baseball and about baseball’s relationship to its home communities. The stories of baseball in Chicago, Kansas City, Baltimore, and every baseball city are stories that weave in and out of the the neighborhoods and communities of diverse people in downtown, high-density urban centers. It’s not all legends of great players or hulking stadiums. There are baseball stories impacted by social issues relating to historic racism, socio-economic disparities, education gaps, food deserts, homelessness, and many other challenges for urban neighborhoods existing in the shadow of a stadium.

Experience Baseball collects these stories from baseball clubs, fans, researchers, and community leaders. We share these stories through interactive, half-day baseball community tours that end with seats at a live pro baseball game. Our tours end at a live pro baseball game and we donate proceeds to a community organization that works to fight social challenges unique to their baseball community. We believe baseball, as much as or more than anything else, has the power to transform communities.

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